Isabel V. Sawhill

Portrait: Isabel Sawhill

A nationally known budget expert, Isabel Sawhill focuses on domestic poverty and federal fiscal policy. She is a senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution.  She has served as vice president and director of the Economic Studies program from 2003 to 2006, as co-director of the Center on Children and Families from 2006 to 2015, and as co-director of the Budgeting for National Priorities project from 2007 to 2015. | View Full Bio

  • In the News

    We’ve been telling... students and their families for years that college is the only way to succeed in the economy these days and of course there’s a lot of truth to that. On average it does pay off... But if you load up on a whole lot of student debt and then you don’t graduate, that is a very bad situation.

    May 8, 2013, Isabel V. Sawhill, Wall Street Journal
  • Expert Q & A | Isabel V. Sawhill and Ron Haskins

    Subsidizing Higher Education May Not Be Paying Off

    May 7, 2013

  • In the News

    Because differences in income in the U.S. are believed to be related to skill and effort, and because social mobility is assumed to be high, inequality seems to be more acceptable than in Europe.

    October 16, 2012, Isabel V. Sawhill, The Guardian
  • In the News

    What people care about is their after-tax income, not their actual tax bill, and on that basis, the Bush tax cuts helped the rich more than the middle class or the poor.

    October 6, 2012, Isabel V. Sawhill, ABC News
  • In the News

    I would not argue as an economist that the Buffett rule is great tax policy. However, it does speak clearly to the concern that is out there in the public about fairness.

    May 1, 2012, Isabel V. Sawhill, Reuters
  • In the News

    Family structure is a new dividing line in American society.

    December 23, 2011, Isabel V. Sawhill, The Washington Post
  • In the News

    [V]oters are more inclined to focus on something 'simple' like Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan. That seems sexier in terms of politics.

    November 7, 2011, Isabel V. Sawhill, CNBC
  • In the News

    I support providing general assistance to low income families but I think we have too many special purpose programs in our arsenal.

    October 13, 2011, Isabel V. Sawhill, The Fiscal Times

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